Welcome to High Tea 2019

The High Tea Weekend started out life as a crossover weekend - originally called High Tea & Whiskey, it was half Contra, half English. It was English the way contra dancers like it - full of energy and joyous sponteneity, and contra the way English dancers like it - with spit and polish and interestingly varied  music.

A few years ago the whole weekend (except for Sunday night) became devoted to English Country Dancing. We still fancy high energy and sponteneity along with our spit and polish, but perhaps lean a bit more towards the graceful and elegant now.

For the last four years, we've been sold out, so we recommend registering as soon as we put the registration page up.   We also highly recommend that, if we sell out early again, you register for the waiting list by writing to Missy Reisenleiter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!  Last year we had more last-minute available slots than we had names on the waiting list!! We found some lucky people to take the places, but if you want to be one of those lucky ones, PLEASE let us know! 

Here's a flyer for you to print out. (Okay, it's still the flyer from 2018. We're working on it...)

Labor Day Weekend August 30 - September 1, 2019

Joanna Reiner Wilkinson

The Caller

Joanna Reiner Wilkinson is a Philadelphia-based English Country Dance caller known for the clarity of her teaching, and for her dedication to encouraging people to become better dancers. Joanna was one of our very first High Tea callers, and we are simply delighted to have her back.


Ladies at Play after HT 2017
The Ladies at Play band - Miranda Arana, Shanda McDonald and Kathy Dagg, with Martha Edwards

The Band

The Band has not yet been chosen for 2019, but we know The Ladies can't be there :-(

We'll let you know as soon as possible who the wonderful players will be!

The Schedule

Friday, August 30, 2019 at the Monday Club

  • 8-11 pm English Country Dance, calling by Joanna Reiner Wilkinson

Saturday, August 31, 2019 at the Monday Club

  • 10 am-12 pm English workshop with Joanna Reiner Wilkinson
  • 12-2 pm Lunch on your own
  • 2-4 pm English workshop with Joanna Reiner Wilkinson
  • 4-8 pm Nap, dinner on your own, dress
  • 8-11 pm English Country Dance Ball (dressy attire)  with Joanna Reiner Wilkinson
  • 11 pm After Party at the Monday Club

Sunday morning-Afternoon, September 1, 2019

  • 11am-1:30pm Potluck Brunch at Mary Schmidt's house in Kirkwood
  • 2:30-4pm Callers Workshop at the Monday Club  $5
    Callers bring your cards! Dancers bring your feet!
    Contact Bob Green at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up to call.

Sunday evening, September 1, 2019 at the Monday Club

  • 7-10 pm Contra Dance - the regular Childgrove Country Dancers Sunday contra dance at the Monday Club ($8)
    While this dance is not, strictly speaking, a part of the weekend, there's a tradition that many weekend attendees also enjoy contra dancing, so they stay, and we all have a blast! Monday, September 2, 2019 is Labor Day - you can sleep in, and still make it back home before work on Tuesday.

music: TBA
caller: TBA

For additional information, contact: Bob Green at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.